Monday, September 08, 2003
USA Softball announced on Monday, September 8, the list of 18-players that will train for the next 12 months in preparation of defending its gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Among the 18 players listed is former Crimson Tide All-American Kelly Kretschman.
Kretschman, a four-time All-American while at Alabama, has her name written all over the Crimson Tide and SEC softball record books and helped lead the Crimson Tide to their first ever appearance at the Women’s College World Series in the 2000 season.
“It was great to see my name on that list of 18, but I know I’m going to have to continue to work hard to make the 15, because I don’t want to be an alternate again,” said Kretschman.
She is making her second appearance on the Olympic team, having served as an alternate on the 2000 Olympic team that won the gold medal at the summer games in Sydney, Australia.
“I think this was a great day for everybody involved,” said Alabama head softball coach Patrick Murphy. “I was lucky because I got to see her play a couple times this summer and I definitely think she’s deserving of a spot on the team. It’s also very exciting because she’s the only player from east of the Mississippi River to be selected to the squad, so I think that’s a true testament to her ability.”
While Murphy had the opportunity to coach Kretschman four years, now he will get an opportunity to coach against her. Murphy will be taking his 2004 Crimson Tide team to the Palm Springs Classic in February where the Tide will meet-up against Kretschman and her USA Olympic teammates.
USA Softball will trim the squad to 15 members in January with the remaining three being alternates that will travel and play with the team throughout a 70-game schedule in the spring and summer.